Shorebirds have a preference for shorelines and wet habitats along ocean coasts and rivers. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from the 6" long Least Sandpiper up to the 18" long American Oystercatcher. They dine on crustaceans, mollusks, and insects in the shoreline mudflats, using their long bills to probe in a variety of hunting techniques. There are over 180 species of birds around the world that can be classified as shorebirds.
This is a presentation of some of my shorebird photographs taken along shorelines and wet habitats ranging from Canada through New England and south to Florida and Texas. These images represent only a tiny fraction of shorebird species to be found worldwide. For further study and identification, refer to a good bird field guide such as The Sibley Guide to Birds, 2nd edition.
The following categories are included:
- Knots and Turnstones
- Whimbrels, Curlews, and Godwits
- Stilts and Avocets
- Mixed Peeps
This shorebird has a distinctive profile and is best known for its sewing-machine-like technique of probing in the mudflats. It is difficult to distinguish long-billed from short-billed dowitchers on the basis of field marks alone but they have different calls. Long-billed dowitchers are found more commonly in the American West.